Igbo day 2023: Igbos converges in port-harcourt, seeks God’s intervention on challenges facing Nigeria ethnic-nationality
By Chijindu Emeruwa
As parts of activities lined up for the Igbo Day Celebration which will take place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 29th September, 2023, people of igbo ethnic- nationality in Rivers, on Saturday, gathered a the seventh day Adventist church for thanksgiving service snd prayer for God’s intervention in current challenges facing the igbo nation the country at large.
The event was organized by the apex igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as part of arrangements for the grand finale of the Igbo Day Celebration which take at Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt next week Saturday.
However, MasterGuide Dr Madumere Thomas Ezearu, while earlier delivering sermon, tasked Ndigbo on fervent prayer for God’s special wisdom and protection for the Rivers Governor, Sim Fubara and many other political leaders in the land.
He specifically noted that Fubara enjoys God’s protection and the support of Riverine people having possessed sterling leadership attributes and also, demonstrated the needed capacity in raising the bar of democratic governance in Rivers state since his formal inauguration as a state governor.
According to him, “citizens should continue to pray for our leaders for God’s wisdoms to be able to discharge duties entrusted to them by the electorates in all federating states in Nigeria. Because, this country is passing through myriads of challenges ranging from structural imbalance, economic morass, Insecurity, and numerous of others problems.
“We must continue to keep our faith and pray in order to overcome bad situation of affairs in God, and seek for mercies, graces and abundant wisdoms, directions and strengths, especially. “
In his opening remarks during the program, an Ohanaeze chieftain, Professor Ellah expressed his joy that despite the insecurity challenges and other difficulties facing the igbo nation, had every reason to be thankful to Chukwu Okike Abiama (Almighty God) for his faithfulness and mercy.
He noted that ndigbo had been preserved and had survived in the seven Igbo-speaking states, including Rivers State and Anioma in Delta State, and that this feat call for celebration.
Also speaking, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro decried the recent killings and bloodbaths that occurred in imo state, and many other areas in southeast and the country at large.
The igbo stalwart further called on ndigbo to pray for God’s intervention to restore peace and security across the country, particularly in imo state in southeast zone.
Isiguzoro expressed his belief that God would answer the prayers of ndigbo, especially, in the collective desire of people of igbo extraction to produce a President for the country.
Our Correspondent reports the auspicious event witnessed special songs and invocations for God’s blessings to the people of igbo ethnic tribe.
It was also attended by a large number of Igbo people, including representatives of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Professor Thomas Amadi Ellah and Prince Richard Ozobu, the chairman of the Elders Forum.